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I will be running Ubuntu Linux on an ASUS M5A97 Motherboard EVO motherboard, AM3+

Since Linux can avail itself of multiple cores, is the AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 the most "bang for my buck". http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

I have a bunch of computers, some with 4 core black, some with 6 core black, but I thought I'd try one of the newer AMD's. Now, I know this is a really silly Newbie question but I've been out of the reading for awhile and thought you fellows might be more up to date.

And, yes, I know Intel is better, but I have an AMD board. redface.gif
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as far as I know AMD vs Intel does not really change much in Linux vs Windows. Not sure if that still hold true now that the definiton is 'core' is questioned in FX, but unless you can find proof otherwise I wouldn't consider the OS part of the question when deciding on a proc. GPU yes, CPU, I wouldn't.
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I will be running Ubuntu Linux on an ASUS M5A97 Motherboard EVO motherboard, AM3+

Since Linux can avail itself of multiple cores, is the AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 the most "bang for my buck". http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

I have a bunch of computers, some with 4 core black, some with 6 core black, but I thought I'd try one of the newer AMD's. Now, I know this is a really silly Newbie question but I've been out of the reading for awhile and thought you fellows might be more up to date.

And, yes, I know Intel is better, but I have an AMD board. redface.gif

Linux will be slightly better than Windows regardless of what CPU you use. But if you want to get the best out of any CPU you will have to go the custom compile way of Gentoo (though I think you could do it in any distro). The whole point is that like in Windows I believe most Linux distros distribute generic (CPU agnostic) compiled versions of programs in order to keep compatibility IIRC. Unlike in Windows, I don't think the biased ICC is used much and therefore AMD CPUs are less likely to be held back simply because they're not Intel CPUs. That said, you likely could get a bit more out of AMD CPUs if you custom compiled your programs to use all of it's architecture and features. Hence, there's be a lot of Gentoo users on here with FX series CPUs. But this is just my rough understanding from reading and listening to others.

So...cores matter and how the OS and programs handle them do...but don't forget the instructions of program matter as well. Thus, no one should just accept a benchmark like Cinebench without seeing what instruction sets it allows each CPU to use and whether it is being biased.
     
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Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
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AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
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Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
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N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
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